Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Community Affairs References Committee; Reference
We agree with the Labor Party that this is an inquiry that needs to proceed. There are serious concerns around the rollout of My Health Record. Let's remember that this was, of course, Labor legislation that has now been enacted by the government, but the government has shown itself to be incapable of protecting the privacy of citizens over a range of issues. We were prepared to support Labor's reference, provided it went to the appropriate committee, and the appropriate committee is the Community Affairs References Committee. It has the expertise, the knowledge and the history associated with the rollout of this project. When this was under the jurisdiction of the Labor Party, that's where this issue was discussed. It was discussed in the community affairs committee. The appropriate officials and bureaucrats are within the community affairs jurisdiction. That is the appropriate committee for it to be dealt with. We are pleased that the Labor Party has acknowledged that and will be supporting this reference.
Question agreed to.